Integrating the VEGF signals leading to actin-based motility in vascular endothelial cells

Trends Cardiovasc Med. 2000 Nov;10(8):321-7. doi: 10.1016/s1050-1738(01)00072-x.


Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) is a potent pro-angiogenic factor that stimulates endothelial cell proliferation and migration, two key events of the angiogenic process. The intracellular signals leading to these events have recently been investigated and a better understanding on how VEGF induces its angiogenic functions is emerging. Herein, we summarize recent findings on how VEGF stimulates endothelial cell migration and contributes to angiogenesis. In particular, the role of the VEGF receptors involved in initiating the coordinated signals that leads to actin-based motility is discussed.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Actins / physiology*
  • Cell Movement / physiology
  • Endothelial Growth Factors / physiology*
  • Endothelium, Vascular / cytology
  • Endothelium, Vascular / physiology*
  • HSP27 Heat-Shock Proteins
  • Heat-Shock Proteins*
  • Humans
  • Lymphokines / physiology*
  • Mitogen-Activated Protein Kinases / physiology
  • Molecular Chaperones
  • Neoplasm Proteins / physiology
  • Neovascularization, Physiologic / physiology*
  • Protein-Serine-Threonine Kinases / physiology
  • Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor A
  • Vascular Endothelial Growth Factors
  • p38 Mitogen-Activated Protein Kinases


  • Actins
  • Endothelial Growth Factors
  • HSP27 Heat-Shock Proteins
  • HSPB1 protein, human
  • Heat-Shock Proteins
  • Lymphokines
  • Molecular Chaperones
  • Neoplasm Proteins
  • Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor A
  • Vascular Endothelial Growth Factors
  • Protein-Serine-Threonine Kinases
  • Mitogen-Activated Protein Kinases
  • p38 Mitogen-Activated Protein Kinases